Police: speed and booze suspected causes of flaming crash into bridge support that left one dead and two injured
OMAHA, NEBRASKA — 07/07/2017 — On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 1:01 pm, Omaha Police Officers were dispatched to a personal injury crash at the on-ramp to northbound I-680 from I-80 westbound (mile marker 446.25).
Police report that the investigation revealed that a 2001 Dodge Ram work van was traveling at excessive speed when it left the roadway, struck and then vaulted over a metal guardrail. The Dodge then struck the concrete bridge support and rolled over. The Dodge then caught on fire.
Omaha Fire declared one adult male dead at the scene. OFD transported one adult male to Nebraska Medicine with serious injuries. He is being treated for severe burns to his lower legs. Another male was transported by private vehicle to Methodist Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
At this time Traffic Investigators are trying to determine identification and where each occupant was seated in the Dodge Van.
I-680 northbound traffic was diverted to the Center St exit with Nebraska Department of Roads allowing access to back onto I-680. The on-ramp was completely reopened at 1640 hrs.
Speed and alcohol use are believed contributing factors to this crash.
Both NDOR and Nebraska State Patrol assisted with traffic control.
Nebraska State Patrol Nabbed 3 DUI Drivers During Fourth of July Holiday
JULY 6, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested three people for Driving Under the Influence of special enforcement efforts over the July 4th holiday.
The special enforcement, which ran from July 3-5, placed an emphasis on removing impaired drivers from Nebraska roads in an effort to reduce the potential for serious injury or fatality crashes. Troopers and communications specialists across Nebraska put in overtime hours during the enforcement thanks in part to a $15,960 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO).
The following citation numbers reflect statewide activity by NSP during the July 4th holiday enforcement.